Eighteen different states, along with Washington D.C., have filed an emergency motion that will force the Trump administration to keep making ObamaCare subsidy payments to insurers. These states signed on to a motion for a temporary restraining order on Tuesday in a federal court in California, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D).
The president announced last week that he would not continue making the subsidy payments even though they are required under the present health-care law. These subsidies enable low-income people afford their co-pays and deductibles.
The New York Attorney General said in a statement, “These payments are vital to thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans who rely on them to afford their health care.” Schneiderman continued, “We’re moving to block these dangerous cuts before they do any more harm.”
Trump is not alone in his decision. Even though these subsidies are in the Affordable Care Act, Congress refused to appropriate the money for them. In spite of the refusal of Congress, Obama paid the subsidies anyway. The House sued the Obama administration arguing that the executive branch was illegally funding the subsidies, and they won the lawsuit. The Obama administration appealed the decision and payments continued on a monthly basis until last week.
“Donald Trump doesn’t get to pick and choose which laws to follow,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) said in a statement. “For nearly a year, Trump has submitted those payments. So the question now has to be: is Donald Trump correct today or was he breaking the law?”
A coalition of state attorney generals announced last week a lawsuit against the Trump administration and they are seeking not only a temporary restraining order but a preliminary injunction and permanent injunction requiring the cost-sharing reduction payments be made.
Where do you stand on this issue? Is the president right in refusing to pay these subsidies, or are the state attorney generals right? Do you believe that Trump is now breaking a law?
Credit: The Hill